Sometimes other people help us to learn lessons. The “Running Late Bag” idea came about after a good friend was rushing his child to school and left home without any of the fundamental four on his person. He ran into a threat and had no tools.

Professor Paul will offer a solution to ensuring that you are alway able to be dangerous on demand, regardless of how much of a hurry you might be in. Never leave home without the fundamental four on your person.


Hey there, folks. Paul Markel from Student of the Gun here. And recently I was having a conversation with my buddy Bill Fredy on his radio show, coincidentally enough, and we were talking about bags and go bags or turnout bags or whatever you want to call it, like these sling bags.

And he said, what should you have in a sling bag?

Well, that really wasn't that difficult of a question for me, because Student of the Gun, what do we recommend? We recommend the fundamental four lethal, sharp, bright, and medical, right? You should never leave your house unless those things are on you. I have those things on me right now in my shorts, right?

I've got shorts on. I've got lethal, sharp, bright, medical on my body. How about when you're lounging around the house? A good friend of mine who is a United States Army special Forces veteran knows a lot about what it takes to defeat bad guys, shall we say? He called me up, and he's like, bro, you're not going to believe what happened to me.

I'm like, Tell me. Said, we're late for school. He said, trying to get the kids to school. And like, come on, we're running late. We're running late. He goes, as you know, per usual, he goes, and we're in Texas, so it's hot. It's may. April. May. Whatever it was, it's hot.

He goes, I'm in shorts, T shirt, flip flops. We got to get to school. We got to get the kids to school, right? So what do I do? Grab my keys, run out the door? I said, oh, really? What happened? He's like, all right, we're almost to school. We get to an intersection.

Traffic is stopped, and some guy, two cars in front of us is out of the car, and he's yelling, and I'm like, what the heck, man? We're just trying to get to school here. He said, so I get out to go and see what's going on. This guy's, like, having an emotional breakdown, reaches in his car, pulls out a knife, and he's like, bro.

And I was like, oh. And he said, yeah, I'm in shorts, T shirt, and flip flops and nothing else. Well, the story turned out okay. My budy was able to de escalate, get back, his wife saw what was going on. They called the police. They drove around, blah, blah, blah.

Police came. My buddy didn't get stabbed. Nobody else got stabbed, but it was a lesson. I said, dude. He said, I know. He goes, but I was in a hurry. And I said, I got you. And I was thinking about this. This is several years ago, and I've been in that hurry.

We actually live up here in the mountains, and we have hot springs in the mountains. And when you go to the hot springs, if you go in the summertime, you go in your bathing suit, your T shirt, your flip flops. If you go in the wintertime. You put all those things on, but you also put insulated.

Coveralls on on top of it. And then you go and you get to the hot springs and you take the insulated coveralls off and you jump in the hot springs in your suit. So this bag, I actually used to call this my hot springs bag because if I was just in a swimsuit, t shirt, flip flops, whatever, I've got all those things in here, right?

So the late for school bag, the bag. Think of yourself as the Minute Man. This is hanging on a hook and you're running out of the house. You grab your keys, you grab this, and you're covered, man. You're covered for medical emergencies, you're covered for lethal emergencies, you're covered for in the dark emergencies, whatever.

So back pocket, super easy. I've got a cannon. TP nine. And yes, I prepped this for the video. So I'm not pointing a loaded gun in the direction of my cameraman, but this is the TP Nine. It's about the same size as the Glock 19. So I got my lethal cover.

All right, lethal bright

or lethal sharp bright? Whatever. I got a flashlight in here, doesn't need to be compact, super small. So it's a good size. Good size flashlight right there. This one's from Teralux. There you go. Sharp. Over here in the side pouch. Got a cold steel AK 47 knife. This one I've had for a lot, a lot, a lot of years.

This was the very first year these came out. I got one, and it is a Rhinoceros tough knife and it's sharp as I'll get out. So there you go. Lethal bright. Sharp. Lethal sharp bright. All right. And medical, right? So of course, as you guys know, student of the gun, we've been promoting the Pocket lifesaver kits for ten plus years now.

So the pocket lifesaver enhanced kit, because this is a bag, I don't need to go super compact. And because it is a bag, I can also put one of these in here and also stash a rat's tourniquet in one of the little sleevey-sleeves. They're little ready man sleeves right there.

I can stash that right there. So I got two tourniquets plus the gauze, plus everything I would need for a major medical emergency. Now, if you were really going to get froggy

and you wanted to stock this bad boy up, what you could do is put the fundamental four in there and then you could add some stuff. Now, as you see this bag here? This bag is a US peacekeepers bag, I think. Oh, and by the way, there's an actual rigid holster in here.

I'm not just sticking the gun loose in the bag. And it came with Velcro cool patch, bro. So on the outside you got M 16 magazines. So what can I stick in an M 16 magazine? Besides an M 16 mag? I can stick this bear spray, or what we call go fornicate yourself spray.

I could put that right there. So I have a serious, no kidding, less than lethal option them for not one. But if you ever pulled up to an intersection and a bunch of.

Colossal douchebags came out, and they're like, burp or DIRP derp. And we're going to beat on your car, roll the window down five inches and tell them to fornicate into a different direction. And they will. You may or may not want the bear spray. You're like, I don't need that, or it's too big, or cumbersome.

Okay, cool. If you want to put a small pepper spray in there, it doesn't matter. The idea is that just because you're running out of the door real quick to go do whatever, I'm going to run my kids to school, I'm going to go to the hot springs, or

I need to go to the store and get three things. That's it. I'm not going to go back to my room and put all my stuff on just to run to the store. Brothers and sisters, if you're going to be ready, if you're going to have the mindset, the preparedness mindset, you need to be prepared all time.

When are you going to need it? Well, if I told you, hey, you're going to go there and you're going to need a gun, you probably shouldn't go there. If I said, you're going to go in that building and someone's going to get hurt, you're going to get hurt, your kids are going to get hurt, you probably say, I'm not going to go in that building.

The point is, you don't know. So whether you're fully dressed like I am right now, I got all this stuff on me, or whether you're shorts, t shirt, flip flops, bathing suit, whatever, and you gotta just run out. This is

a good idea or a good alternative to have the fundamental four. There you go. Paul MarkeE with Student of the Gun. Remember, you're a beginner once, student for life.
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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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